‘T’ is for ‘Timeline.’ Richard Bon asked for a comprehensive timeline of my fictional world, and while I don’t want to spoil everything, I am willing to lay out a thousand years for T-day. I hope he enjoys it!
0 Years – The undetermined baseline of modern history. Many cultures and apocalypses are believed to have existed before this period, but are not widely recorded or recognized. Triclopes, Nine-Legs and Centaurs had something going on around this point. Much less afterward.
~1 Year - Apocalypse of Sauropods
-Sauropods, theropods and winged creatures, thought to be long-extinct, return in enormous numbers; reappearance unexplained.
-Cities trampled, ancient diseases reintroduced, various civilizations collapse.
~10 Years – Lands both east and west of The Uncanny Valleys become grazing land and hunting grounds for dinosaurs. Anyone who wants a civilization better be discrete.
~150 Years – Gremlins amass enough technology to erect anti-sauropod strongholds and safe zones. Progress begins.
~250 Years - Apocalypse of Gremlins
-Gremlins launch flying cities that sauropods cannot touch.
-Lightning cannons used to police populations of sapient creatures; immediately regulate what technology other species may have. Show favoritism to submissive tribes of triclopes.
~280 Years – Gremlins “adopt” triclopes as laborers.
~315 Years – Gremlins “adopt” imps as pets; begin breeding them like show-dogs.
~350 Years – Gremlins perfect automaton technology; relations with triclopes terminated.
-Automatons begin work in construction, maintenance, medicine.
~400 Years – Triclopes return to ancestral territory in northern Uncanny Valley. Seem to be building strongholds as though not trusting this to last.
~550 Years - Apocalypse of Autos
-Gremlin technology turns against them; all flying cities crash, explode; gremlins go extinct.
-Gremlin technology ‘automatons’ hunt and consume all living things. Motives unknown.
-Imps escape extinction; seek refuge in far west; establish underground cities with dorads and humans.
~580 Years - Automatons have tough time with sauropods, gryphons, cyclopes; feuds begin; automatons amass more greatly near Uncanny Valley, entrenched in warfare they’re not programmed to recognize they’re engulfed in.
-Every other life form still relatively screwed; nomadic cultures reign.
~650 Years – First rumblings of an “Imp Empire” far out west.
~750 Years - Apocalypse of The Shock
-Continental electrical storm fries majority of automatons; divine intervention?
-Imps claim responsibility for The Shock; “befriend”/”enslave” humans for labor in expanding a magic-based empire.
~770 Years - Imps formally establish empire in the far west, based on magic and manipulation of elements; magically-enhanced agriculture becomes food source for many cultures.
~820 Years - Impish empire flourishes throughout regions west of The Uncanny Valleys. Dissidents flee east.
~900 Years - Imps undertake great project to “wake their ancestors” for next great age.
~920 Years – Triclopic scholars uncover imp fraud; imps did not cause The Shock; minor war breaks out between triclopic tribes and imps.
~930 Years – Triclopes, Centaurs, Satyrs have minor land-wars with imps over ‘sacrifices’; humans begin to flee enslavement in favor of tribes in the east.
~980 Years - Apocalypse of Demons
-Imps’ ancestors, The Demons, awake and set planet on fire.
-Half of the world’s imp population dies; millions from others species perish.
-Beginning of a pan-species war against Demons, sweeping eastward.
~981 Years – The Human Age
-Golden Emperor and Jade Empress, both humans, unite their tribes, use all-chemistry and golems to stop tide of Demons.
-Humans now most populace species in the east; Golden Emperor and Jade Empress establish a proper empire. The Human Age begins.
~1000 Years – Massive campaign undertaken to document world history undertaken by humans. Other focuses applied to all-chemistry and agriculture.
~1010 Years – All non-human species begin to flee the east; Empire of Gold and Jade provides some groups with treaties to keep land in ‘The Frontier,’ lands west of The Uncanny Valleys, or to serve as second-class citizens domestically. Religion is outlawed. Mass exodus of Red Brigadiers.
~1160 Years – Large number of golems attempt to rebel against The Empire of Gold and Jade; are defeated and destroyed. According to government records, there are no casualties. Viewed as first apocalypse to be stopped by a ruling empire.
~1190 Years – The Empire of Gold and Jade begins to move west of Uncanny Valleys; claims to need land for expansion. Triclopes and Red Brigadiers declare formal war against them.
~1200 Years – Massive famine that government records as having no deaths. Thwarted by all-chemical agriculture. Recorded as second apocalypse averted by the standing empire.
~1260 Years – Present. Things are going great, according to government records.